The Economic Research Forum (ERF) is a regional network dedicated to promoting high quality economic research to contribute to sustainable development in the Arab countries, Iran and Turkey.

Established in 1993, ERF’s core objectives are to build strong research capacity in the ERF region; to encourage the production of independent, high quality economic research; and to disseminate research output to a wide and diverse audience.

To achieve these objectives, ERF carries out a portfolio of activities. These include mobilizing funds for well conceived proposals; managing carefully selected regional research initiatives; providing training and mentoring programs to junior researchers; organizing seminars and conferences based on research outcomes; and publishing research output through various types of publications, including working papers, books, policy briefs and the Forum newsletter.

This blog serves as the primary channel to cover and communicate the ERF events, the first of which was the 17th ERF Annual Conference that took place in Antalya, Turkey, March 20–22, 2011. This was followed by the online coverage of the Conference on “Understanding and Avoiding the Oil Curse in the Arab World” held in Kuwait on January 15-16, 2012 and jointly organized by the Economic Research Forum and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development;

The blog provides us the opportunity to talk about our research, to engage with those people within our network and beyond, and hear what they have to say.

We encourage you to read and comment on our posts and help build a rich dialogue on the issues under discussion.

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